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Sept. 29 Deep South Invite: Quick Hits (AL)

PBR Alabama Staff

Deep South Invite Quick Hits (AL): 

On Sunday, September 30 the Deep South Invite was held at Auburn University as some of the best players from Alabama and Georgia were in attendance. The players went through a pro style workout in the morning followed by game play. Over the next few days we will be releasing a ton of content from the event, including an individual scout blog for each player in attendance. The scout blogs will be released by position. Today, let’s take a quick look at the "Deep South Dozen" from the event.

Bo Coleman (2020, 1B/OF, Vestavia Hills) Physical (6’3 190 lbs.) LH bat that had the loudest round of BP on the day. Showed serious juice to the pull side and left the yard a few times during his round, drawing some “oohs” and “ahhs” from those in the stands. Showed solid defensive actions at 1B as well. 

Brayden Merriweather (2021, 2B,OF, Madison Academy) A player we have seen several times but has really added some strength and his skills have improved as well. He was 84 mph across the diamond, 88 mph from the OF and the exit velo was 91 mph off of a tee. Showed a solid approach at the plate during BP. 

Jacob Peters (2021, SS/RHP, Helena) Second time in 3 weeks we have seen Peters and have come away impressed both times. The feet and the athleticism match the glove work on the infield and he can really handle the bat at the plate. He jumped on the mound and competed with a FB up to 84 mph that he located anywhere he wanted and could throw the sharo breaking ball in any count. 

McGwire Turner (2022, SS/3B, Helena) Solid young ‘22 to follow. Another player that has matured physically since we last saw him. Solid actions in the IF and plenty of arm strength to play SS. The barrel shows some pop as he had a loud 2B to the RCF gap in game play. 

Brody Hinton (2022, 3B/SS, Mobile Christian) Hinton followed up a solid day at the All State Games 3 weeks with another impressive day at the Deep South Invite. Physical ‘22 with solid actions at the hot corner and plenty of arm strength (84 mph) to match. At the plate, he showed juice to all fields during a nice round of BP and had a big time 2B to the LCF gap in the game. 

Zane Stokes (2022, SS/2B, Mobile Christian) Our first time to see the athletic Stokes and we came away impressed. Solid skills all over the field and he really handled the barrel at the plate and showed the ability to spray the ball over the field in BP. Defensive setup is solid as he shows nice flexibility in the hips. Nice runner as well. 

Randy Davis (2023, LHP,1B, Holtville) The ‘23 Davis will be a very interesting follow over the next few years. Physical build (6’3 175 lbs.) now that shows plus athleticism to match the physicality. The ball really comes off the bat from the left side and he showed nice middle of the field juice. On the mound, the LHP showed a clean arm path and clean mechanics on a FB showing nice ASR. Definite 2 way ‘23 to follow. 

Carson Herring (2020, OF/RHP, Rehobeth) Physical player (6’2 215 lbs.) that has some tools to match. Nice OF actions with a plus arm (89 mph) and nice pop at the plate as he put on one of the better power displays during BP. Herring later jumped on the mound and commanded a FB down in the zone, that was up to 86 mph. 

Ryan Revera (2022, C/OF, Bob Jones) Athletic catcher that has added size and strength to an already fundamental skill set. The pop time was as low as 2.00 with accurate throws on the bag. Moves well behind the plate and the offensive approach has improved drastically, showing some power to the pull side gap. A ‘22 to keep an eye on. 

Nick Brown (2020, RHP, Bob Jones) Brown lit up the radar gun as his FB sat 88-90 mph and topped at 91 mph. He did a nice job creating some down action on the pitch and was able to consistently stay around the zone. The slider can be a swing and miss pitch with continued consistency. A top ‘20 uncommitted arm in the state. 

Ethan McPherson (2020, RHP, Mobile Christian) Simply, a “Bulldog” on the mound! The FB sat 79-80 mph and topped at 81 mph but he just competes on the mound. Really stays down in the zone and does a nice job of keeping hitters off balance and missing barrels. The breaking ball was 69-70 mph with nice shape and the change up showed deception to hitters. A guy that just gets out. 

Thrasher Steed (2022, RHP/1B, Gulf Shores) Steed has added velocity of late as he showed a FB up to 84 mph with some ASR into RH hitters. Did a nice job of locating the pitch to both sides of the plate and showed a power breaking ball with tight spin at 76-77 mph. Really like the simple, clean mechanics. There is more velocity still to come.

Keep checking back over the next few days as we will continue breaking down the event and the players in attendance. 

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